Mobile Security is protection of smartphones, laptops, tablets and other portable computing devices and the networks connect from threats and vulnerabilities associated with wireless computing. Mobile security is also known as wireless security. Nowadays people are commonly using mobile devices that involve sensitive data like credit card numbers, social security numbers and important banking information, As the number of mobile device user’s increase every year, the concern of mobile security becomes more critical than ever. The number of Smartphone users will be increase by approximately 800 million users in 2017 alone. It’s creating a larger target for hackers and significantly more sensitive data to be stolen.
The development of mobile technology is transforming our world. Although our unfettered “new normal” presents significant opportunities and advantages for businesses and individual users, the opportunities extend to people looking to use those advantages for crime as well. However, mobile risks and pressure don’t have to be roadblocks to implementing mobile computing and achieving its business benefits. If you take the right steps to secure your mobile devices. We are provide some high-level essentials for helping you understand the risks of the mobile platform and provide countermeasures for embracing mobile technology more confidently and securely in your environment.
More users are using smartphones to communicate, but also to plan and organize their users' work and also private life. Technologies are cause changes in the organization of information systems and therefore they have become the source of new risks. Smart phones collect and assemble an increasing amount of sensitive information to which access must be controlled to protect the privacy of the user and the intellectual property of the company. Smart phones from security in different layers of software to the dissemination of information to end users. There are good practice to be observed at all levels from design to use, through the development of operating systems, software layers, and downloadable apps.
Securing mobile devices has become increasing in recent years as the numbers of the devices in operation and the uses to which they are put have expanded dramatically. The problem is action as ongoing trend toward IT consumerization is resulting in more and more employee-owned devices connecting to the corporate network.
The survey initiates the following top five mobile security concerns:
- 1. Device loss was the top concern. If an employee a tablet or smartphone in a taxi cab or restaurant for example, sensitive data, such as customer information and corporate intellectual property can be put at risk.
- 2. Application security was the second-ranking concern. One problem is mobile apps that request too many rights, which allows them to access various data sources on the device. Many mobile apps especially free ones are built with ties to advertising networks, which makes contacts, browsing history and geo location data is extremely valuable to application developers. The location of certain executive could put the company at a competitive disadvantage.
- 3. The Device data leakage was the third-ranking mobile security issue. Nearly all of the chief concern identified in the mobile security survey from data loss and theft to malicious applications and mobile malware are sources of data leakage. If the enterprises accept the risks, said mobile security expert Lisa Phifer. Increased corporate data on devices increases the draw of cybercriminals who can target both the device and the back-end systems they tap into with mobile malware, Phifer said. "If you're going to put in sensitive business applications on those devices, then you would want to start taking that threat seriously."
- 4. A new report from Finland-based antivirus vendor F-Secure Corp and found the vast majority of mobile malware to be SMS Trojans, designed to charge device owners premium text messages. An F-Secure analysis of more than 5,000 malicious Android files found that 81% of mobile malware can be classified as Trojans, followed by monitoring tools (10.1%) and malicious applications (5.1%).
- 5. Smartphone pilfering is a common problem for owners of highly coveted smartphones such as the iPhone or high-end Android devices. The danger of corporate data, such as account permit and access to email, falling into the hands of a tech-savvy thief, makes the issue a major threat to the IT security pros who took the survey.